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Kansas State vs Villanova: Big 12/Big East Battle

We’ve got a Wildcat on Wildcat contest tonight in Bramlage.

Head coach Jerome Tang of the Kansas State Wildcats instructs his team in the second half against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles at Bramlage Coliseum on November 28, 2023 in Manhattan, Kansas. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Last week was a long one for your Kansas State Wildcats. The last two contests for the TangCats (6-2) turned into overtime affairs, though, thankfully the Cats managed to win both contests and improve Jerome Tang’s overtime record to 8-0 in his head coaching career. But that’s still an extra 10 minutes of competitive basketball played last week, an unnecessary 10 minutes.

So the questions today is, have the purple Wildcats learned anything from those two slogs? Because the last two opponents have not exactly been world-beaters, despite both being better than anticipated headed into the contests. But today’s opponent is a significant step up. Villanova (6-3) may not be ranked right now, but they are still a very good team. Despite losing their last two, the blue Wildcats ran off four straight against good competition, including three straight in the Battle 4 Atlantis over Texas Tech, North Carolina, and Memphis.

K-State should have an advantage with an expected sell-out crowd in Bramlage, but Villanova is no stranger to loud, raucous environments. This will indeed be a battle, and hopefully the TangCats can get out of their scoring funk while also ramping up their defensive pressure, otherwise K-State will be handed it’s first non-conference loss in Bramlage in Tang’s tenure.

This evening’s matchup is scheduled for a 6pm CT tip at Bramlage Coliseum and will be aired on ESPN2 and available online at WatchESPN with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and King McClure (analyst) on the call. You’ll also be able to hear the game online at K-StateSports.com (and via the Varsity Network app), plus parts of the K-State Sports Radio Network and on SiriusXM 385 with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) calling the action over there.

Go Cats!